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Dermal Fillers

How Long After Fillers Can You Wear Makeup

Fillers have taken the cosmetic market by storm as many individuals are adopting different dermal fillers for other purposes. This article explains what fillers are, whether one should apply makeup after injections, the everyday makeup tips for injectable fillers and what things one should avoid.

Injectable fillers are gaining popularity every day as most people have realized that they provide a natural look that feels real without adverse complications. These filters help remove fine lines and wrinkles in your face and restore facial volume to retain a youthful appearance. Researching things that can inhibit the body’s healing process after cosmetic procedures is crucial. If you are like other women, you don’t feel fully dressed until you apply it to makeup on your face; it is important to ask your aesthetic practitioner how soon you should perform the beauty routine.

What Are Fillers?

Urdiales-Gálvez et al. (2018) explained that fillers are non-surgical procedures used to improve the complexity and appearance of your skin by simply injecting them beneath your skin tissues. Cheeks, lips, eyelids, and jaws are the most popular location where fillers are injected to remove wrinkles, facial scars, and facial lines and restore their youthful volume. There are different types of fillers in the cosmetic market; each is used in other areas to improve one’s appearance. The most popular dermal filler in the UK is hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, with over a million people harnessing its beauty effects yearly. It is affordable compared to most fillers and lasts approximately 6 to 12 months after injection. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that the body produces to hydrate and maintain skin firmness. Unfortunately, their production reduces massively as one ages, making the skin appear to have lost volume. To fight skin ageing, hyaluronic acid is derived from animal cells or bacterial fermentation processes to create HA fillers. In addition, age is not the only reason people have adapted fillers. Some chronic disorders like HIV, depression, blood pressure, and diabetes can leave your skin condition poor and thinner. Therefore, fillers can be used to restore the skin’s healthy appearance.

How Soon Should You Apply Makeup After Filler Injections?

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) regarded facial filler treatment asa safe cosmetic procedure for individuals with strong body immunity. However, common side effects like skin itching and swelling are associated with the treatment. Luckily, the adverse effects last a few hours or a day before fully healing. Therefore, during the healing stage, one should avoid applyingtoo much pressure to the injected areas to prevent worsening the condition. According to Snarskaya et al. (2021), rough touches associated with makeup can bring further complications that probably trigger infections. It will prolong the healing period of skin bruises and swells associated with injectable fillers for more than a week. Applying to makeup immediately after a filler treatment has proven to activate the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores and rashes around the injected areas. It is important to wait for at least 24 hours, or you fully recover from the filler complications before venturing to make up applications. 

What Are the Common Makeup Tips for Injectable Fillers?

Always Arrive for Your Filler Appointment with a Clean Face

Before cosmetic physicians administer facial filler injections, they are detailed to perform facial assessments and good skin analysis. Therefore, it is vital to have no makeup beforethe cosmetic treatment. Arriving with a clean face makes the skin easier and faster to analyze.

Wait For 24 Hours to Apply Makeup After Injectable Fillers

It is already discussed the danger of applying makeup immediately after filler treatments. One should be patient and wait a day before trying any beauty modifications.

After 24 Hours, Apply a Minimal Amount of Makeup

Araviiskaia et al. (2022) explained that makeup could conceal your face spots, but it can also suffocate the skin depending on the amount and ingredients used. The next day after the filler treatment, one’s face has not yet regained the natural look they dream of. Hence, it is important to allow the filler products to interact fully with skin defence mechanisms by lightly applying makeup. Mineral and organic cosmetics are also recommended to blend with your skin tone.

Maintain Hygiene

You understand that skin around your face is soft and delicate to infections. It worsens after the filler injections. It is crucial to treat your face with clean new makeup using clean brushes to prevent any chance of bacterial sickness in the injected areas.

Change Your Makeup Routine

Try dermal fillers to remove face spots and wrinkles that previously required certain makeups to conceal their appearance. Therefore, after cosmetic procedures, it is expected for one to change their standard makeup routine. Sometimes, one may find that there is no need to wear any makeup and think of going out natural.

What Are Other Things One Should Avoid After Fillers?

Immediately applying makeup after fillers are not the only after tips published by cosmetic surgeons; other things to avoid include:

  • Avoid sleeping in the treated area. Wypych & George (2016) explained that patients should rest facing up to avoid applying pressure to the injected areas and causing fillers to spread, leading to uneven results.
  • Avoid sunbed for 24 hours to prevent worsening the side effects associated with filler treatment.
  • Avoid taking alcohol after the cosmetic procedure since alcohol increases the likelihood of swelling.
  • Don’t perform vigorous exercises for at least two days. Practice is known to increase blood flow to all body parts. It can cause filler ingredients to move to areas on your face that you originally never intended to the target area.

Frequent-Asked Questions (FAQ) about Fillers

Do Dermal Filler Injections Have Complications?

Filler injections are safe but can cause complications like itching, swelling, cold sores, and rashes. Therefore, most cosmetic surgeons consider factors like skin health and the patient’s immunity before administering the filler injection.

How Can I Treat Cold Sores After Filler Injection?

Cold soreness is a rare side effect that occurs after dermal filler treatment. It primarily lasts 48 hours as long as you avoid applying pressure to the injected area. You can take arnica and other prescribed remedies to treat the condition.


Filler treatments are a common way to improve your facial appearance by removing wrinkles and scars and restoring cheek volume. Even though the process is regarded safe, it may cause minor complications like bruises and swellings. Therefore, it is important to wait for at least 24 hours before venturing into makeup applications. Makeups tend to suffocate your skin, prolonging the time required for your face to recover from filler complications fully.


Araviiskaia, E., Le Pillouer Prost, A., Kosmadaki, M., Kerob, D., & Roo, E. (2022). Recommendations for the use of corrective makeup after dermatological procedures. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 21(4), 1554-1558.

Snarskaya, E. S., Tavitova, A. R., Bratkovskaya, A. V., & Semko, N. S. (2021). Development of cutaneous sarcoidosis to permanent eyebrow makeup procedure. Russian Journal of Skin and Venereal Diseases, 24(6), 581-588.

Urdiales-Gálvez, F., Delgado, N. E., Figueiredo, V., Lajo-Plaza, J. V., Mira, M., Moreno, A., … & Rebenaque, C. V. (2018). Treatment of soft tissue filler complications: expert consensus recommendations. Aesthetic plastic surgery, 42(2), 498-510.

Wypych, G. (2016). Handbook of fillers (Vol. 938). Toronto: ChemTec Publishing.

Monika Wasserman